The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels have made a trade today, with starter Tommy Hanson headed to the Halos in exchange for reliever Jordan Walden. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com broke the news of the trade on Twitter.
Both pitchers have seen their trade values plummet because of injuries, so we’ll see if the change of scenery helps put their careers back on track.
Hanson, 26, was 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA as a rookie in 2009, but shoulder injuries have resulted in a drop in his velocity over the last season or two. Last season Hanson was 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 31 starts. The Angels have seen three starters depart in free agency and trades this winter and Hanson should get every opportunity to bounce back for his new team.
Walden, 25, started 2012 as the Angels’ closer, but he ended up spending a big chunk of the season on the disabled list and only threw 39 innings last year. He was 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA and one save. The Halos’ signing of Ryan Madsen this winter made Walden expendable, and he’ll get a shot to help solidify Atlanta’s bullpen now.